September 27, 2009

Time

Time is our most important asset.

Today  = 1440 minutes. Don’t let fear, anger, impatience, doubt, or worry
steal one of them. Enjoy every minute!   


This is the day the Lord has made,
we will rejoice and be glad in it.”
Psalms 118:24 (NLT)

September 23, 2009

Look Up

My great nephew, Paris, who is now ten years old, has closely observed my bird watching habits. During our visits to the park and to the beach, his eyes and ears have become very keen in following our feathered friends. A few weeks ago, while attending a children's choir event in the park, he made an amazing discovery - a bird's nest! This nest was skillfully tucked in a tree just above where we had been standing in order to evade the scorching 85° summer heat. As a somewhat seasoned birder, I had missed this sighting, however, was able to capture it on camera. Why did I miss it? Simply because he had been looking up, and I had not.

From this, I learned a very important lesson . When the 'heat' of life seems too much to bear ... stop for a moment ... look up. There, we may find that amazing demonstrations of God's presence are closer than we think!


"I will lift up my eyes to the hills - where does my help come from?"
Psalm 121:1 (NIV)

September 20, 2009

Eyes That See

In John 9, Jesus touched the eyes of the man who was blind from birth. After, he was so transformed, that even his neighbors and those who knew him before, did not recognize him (vs 8-9). As the story continues, a long discussion follows, which then turns into a challenging conversation about this great transformation. Finally, the man insists, " one thing I know, that, I was blind, now I see." (vs 25b NLT)
I cannot explain what happens when I press the 'on' switch on my computer, or the 'on' switch on the lamp next to it. 'One thing I know,"
together, they allow me the benefit of many productive and rewarding hours of reading, researching, and writing.
Neither can I explain what happens when I daily open the pages of the Holy Scriptures, reading, researching, and writing about what I have read. Like the man once blind, I can say, "one thing I know, that, I was blind, now I see."
Father, thank you for opening my once blinded eyes. Let others see the change in me ... a life of joy, peace, and hope, that you have offered through that touch, in Jesus name, Amen!
Previously posted 9/20/09

September 18, 2009

A Prayer For You

I pray that you will be aware of God's Eternal love surrounding you today as you go about your daily activities. I pray that you will give all your worries and cares to Him, because He cares about what happens to you. I pray that you will not let your heart be troubled. I pray that the Lord will bless you and keep you; make His face shine upon you, and be gracious unto you; I pray that the Lord show you His favor, and give you peace. In Jesus name, Amen!


Jeremiah 31:3b, 1 Peter 5:7, John 14:1, Numbers 6:24-26

September 15, 2009

No More A Secret


In John 10:10 (NKJV), Jesus said "the thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly." Looking back over the years, I reflect on how pride had separated me from living this promised 'more abundant' life. Pride, feeling that because of my past sin, God could never forgive me. Or, what what others think if they knew what I had done? Or, would my family still love me if they knew? Somehow, I became so desperate to live a life free from depression, free from shame, free from guilt, that I fell helpless, at the Masters feet. Overwhelmed, I surrendered. That is where the topic of this site and the title of my poem "No More A Secret" was birthed.
I will never regret that moment, that still defines the 'more abundant' life I now live daily ... family and friends that love me ... a life saturated with His love, His joy, His peace, and His forgiveness.

What a marvelous transformation!

September 12, 2009

Changed


When we see God as He really is, it will change the way we think, the things we do, and the way that we act. There are many examples in the Holy Scriptures about men and women who were changed in the presence of God. Today, I read about Abraham, who when he had an encounter with God, fell on his face before Him (Genesis 17:1-5), and stood after as a changed man.

Father, today, as I stand in your presence and gaze into your face, please  change my thoughts, change my actions, and change my attitudes, in Jesus name, Amen.